As luck would have it, Wizards star John Wall would put the nail in the coffin for the Celtics as he hit a dagger three in the final; seconds to send the second-round series to a final 7th game.
Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley each scored 27 points for Boston, the conference's No. 1 seed. Wall (26.3 PPG) and Beal (21.7 PPG), meanwhile, have accounted for 43.6 percent of Washington's 660 total points.
For the Celtics, Isaiah Thomas is averaging 34.7 points on 23 shots at home while scoring 19.7 points on 15.3 shots on the road this series.
The NBA acknowledged in its Last Two Minute Report on Saturday that the Boston Celtics should have had an extra second on the clock to run a final play in a Game 6 loss to the Washington Wizards. Boston's Jae Crowder ran along the baseline toward inbounder Al Horford and got a screen from Kelly Olynyk, which the Wizards switched (late in games like this all teams switch virtually every pick). "It was kind of copy-catting what we did", said Wall, whose Wizards donned dark outfits before a regular-season game dubbed the "Funeral Game" between these teams that are building a rivalry.
"That's where all the great players make their name", said Thomas when asked about Game 7. I'm tempted to take the Wizards with the points, but I'm sticking with the Celtics to get the job done at home where they won by 22 points back in Game 5. They were the Bullets, not the Wizards, back then, and they ended up losing in five games to the Seattle Supersonics, who they had defeated to win their one and only title just one year prior.More news: Capsule preview of the Jazz-Warriors series
The two sets of guards will face off one final time Monday night in a do-or-die situation. "Honestly, I did", Thomas said. Meanwhile, the Celtics are 4-0 ATS in their last four home games, 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last seven Conference Semifinals games. Boston shot 40.5 percent from the field. But some defensive lapses by the Wizards followed, and the Celtics scored the next 10 points en route to going up 42-41 at halftime.
More after the break, the Celtics got six points, however, awakened the wall with the active support of the Bill and Morris confidently extinguished all attempts of the guests to create a comfortable advantage.
Wizards Coach Scott Brooks had a more humorous take on the Celtics' fashion choice. Wall finished with 26 points and eight assists and Bradley Beal chipped in with 33 points.
When the Celtics took possession of the ball, Thomas tried once again to sink the dagger in the Wizards, but this time Wall and Markieff Morris jumped on him before he could make a decisive basketball move. The Celtics clinched the Eastern Conference during the regular season by winning 53 games, losing just 29. The key is that they are the three players that can create the open looks for their teammates, and they know better than any others where they need to attack to get high percentage looks. All they have to do is lose one game in order for their season to end. All of these guys get the opportunity to be part of a Game 7 and it doesn't happen often.
"It was just amusing to me", Wall said to CSN Mid-Atlantic of the Celtics' all-black.